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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346659/is-universal-hla-b-15-02-screening-a-cost-effective-option-in-an-ethnically-diverse-population-a-case-study-of-malaysia
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H Y Chong, Z Mohamed, L L Tan, D B C Wu, F H Shabaruddin, M Dahlui, Y D Apalasamy, S R Snyder, M S Williams, J Hao, L H Cavallari, N Chaiyakunapruk
BACKGROUND: Strong association was documented between human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-B*15:02 and carbamazepine-induced severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCARs) in Asians. Beyond Asia, the HLA testing is potentially valuable in many countries with increasingly diverse communities of Asian ancestry, to facilitate an early recognition of patient susceptibility to SCARs. OBJECTIVE: To determine the cost-effectiveness of universal HLA-B*15:02 screening in preventing carbamazepine-induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome/ toxic epidermal necrolysis in an ethnically-diverse Malaysian population...
March 27, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343930/cost-effectiveness-of-different-post-retained-restorations
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Falk Schwendicke, Michael Stolpe
OBJECTIVES: Dentists can choose between metal and fiber post systems to provide post-retained restorations. The risk of tooth loss and other complications differs between different post systems, as do the initial treatment costs. We aimed to assess the cost-effectiveness of (1) cast metal (MC), (2) preformed metal (MP), (3) glass fiber (GF), and (4) carbon fiber (CF) post-retained restorations. METHODS: A mixed public-private payer's perspective within German healthcare was taken...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343139/oxytocin-in-corticosterone-induced-chronic-stress-model-focus-on-adrenal-gland-function
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Dušanka Stanić, Bosiljka Plećaš-Solarović, Duško Mirković, Predrag Jovanović, Slađana Dronjak, Bojan Marković, Tea Đorđević, Svetlana Ignjatović, Vesna Pešić
Chronic stress conditions can lead to considerable and extensible changes in physiological and psychological performances, and in emergence of risk for various somatic diseases. On the other hand, the neuropeptide oxytocin is reported to increase the resistance of the organism to stress and modulate activity of autonomic nervous system. Chronic corticosterone administration is used as a rat model for a state observed in terms of chronic stress exposure, when negative feedback mechanism of hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis activity is disrupted...
March 10, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342113/crizotinib-for-untreated-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-positive-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-an-evidence-review-group-perspective-of-a-nice-single-technology-appraisal
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Philip Morgan, Nerys Woolacott, Mousumi Biswas, Teumzghi Mebrahtu, Melissa Harden, Robert Hodgson
As part of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) single technology appraisal process, the manufacturer of crizotinib submitted evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of crizotinib in untreated anaplastic lymphoma kinase-positive (ALK-positive) non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Crizotinib has previously been assessed by NICE for patients with previously treated ALK-positive NSCLC (TA 296). It was not approved in this previous appraisal, but had been made available through the cancer drugs fund...
March 24, 2017: PharmacoEconomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342061/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-obinutuzumab-for-previously-untreated-chronic-lymphocytic-leukaemia-in-portuguese-patients-who-are-unsuitable-for-full-dose-fludarabine-based-therapy
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Ana Teresa Paquete, Luís Silva Miguel, Ursula Becker, Catarina Pereira, Carlos Gouveia Pinto
BACKGROUND: Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) mostly affects patients with comorbidities and limited therapeutic options. Obinutuzumab in combination with chlorambucil (GClb) is a new therapeutic option for previously untreated CLL patients who are unsuitable for full-dose fludarabine-based therapy. This combination delays disease progression but incurs additional costs; thus, an assessment of its value for money is relevant. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the incremental cost-utility ratio of GClb in comparison with (i) rituximab in combination with chlorambucil (RClb), and (ii) chlorambucil alone (Clb) from the perspective of the Portuguese National Health Service (NHS)...
March 24, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340551/genomic-prediction-using-subsampling
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Alencar Xavier, Shizhong Xu, William Muir, Katy Martin Rainey
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide assisted selection is a critical tool for the genetic improvement of plants and animals. Whole-genome regression models in Bayesian framework represent the main family of prediction methods. Fitting such models with a large number of observations involves a prohibitive computational burden. We propose the use of subsampling bootstrap Markov chain in genomic prediction. Such method consists of fitting whole-genome regression models by subsampling observations in each round of a Markov Chain Monte Carlo...
March 24, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338966/a-comparison-of-sensitivity-specificity-imputation-direct-imputation-and-fully-bayesian-analysis-to-adjust-for-exposure-misclassification-when-validation-data-are-unavailable
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Marine Corbin, Stephen Haslett, Neil Pearce, Milena Maule, Sander Greenland
Purpose: Measurement error is an important source of bias in epidemiological studies. We illustrate three approaches to sensitivity analysis for the effect of measurement error: imputation of the 'true' exposure based on specifying the sensitivity and specificity of the measured exposure (SS); direct imputation (DI) using a regression model for the predictive values; and adjustment based on a fully Bayesian analysis. Methods: We deliberately misclassify smoking status in data from a case-control study of lung cancer...
March 14, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335555/activity-recognition-and-semantic-description-for-indoor-mobile-localization
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Sheng Guo, Hanjiang Xiong, Xianwei Zheng, Yan Zhou
As a result of the rapid development of smartphone-based indoor localization technology, location-based services in indoor spaces have become a topic of interest. However, to date, the rich data resulting from indoor localization and navigation applications have not been fully exploited, which is significant for trajectory correction and advanced indoor map information extraction. In this paper, an integrated location acquisition method utilizing activity recognition and semantic information extraction is proposed for indoor mobile localization...
March 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334975/apricot-an-integrated-computational-pipeline-for-the-sequence-based-identification-and-characterization-of-rna-binding-proteins
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Malvika Sharan, Konrad U Förstner, Ana Eulalio, Jörg Vogel
RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) have been established as core components of several post-transcriptional gene regulation mechanisms. Experimental techniques such as cross-linking and co-immunoprecipitation have enabled the identification of RBPs, RNA-binding domains (RBDs) and their regulatory roles in the eukaryotic species such as human and yeast in large-scale. In contrast, our knowledge of the number and potential diversity of RBPs in bacteria is poorer due to the technical challenges associated with the existing global screening approaches...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334312/efficient-inference-for-genetic-association-studies-with-multiple-outcomes
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Helene Ruffieux, Anthony C Davison, Jorg Hager, Irina Irincheeva
Combined inference for heterogeneous high-dimensional data is critical in modern biology, where clinical and various kinds of molecular data may be available from a single study. Classical genetic association studies regress a single clinical outcome on many genetic variants one by one, but there is an increasing demand for joint analysis of many molecular outcomes and genetic variants in order to unravel functional interactions. Unfortunately, most existing approaches to joint modeling are either too simplistic to be powerful or are impracticable for computational reasons...
March 16, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334262/discriminating-the-reaction-types-of-plant-type-iii-polyketide-synthases
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Yugo Shimizu, Hiroyuki Ogata, Susumu Goto
Motivation: Functional prediction of paralogs is challenging in bioinformatics because of rapid functional diversification after gene duplication events combined with parallel acquisitions of similar functions by different paralogs. Plant type III polyketide synthases (PKSs), producing various secondary metabolites, represent a paralogous family that has undergone gene duplication and functional alteration. Currently, there is no computational method available for the functional prediction of type III PKSs...
March 6, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334051/dissecting-the-relationships-of-igg-subclasses-and-complements-in-membranous-lupus-nephritis-and-idiopathic-membranous-nephropathy
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Woong Na, Kijong Yi, Young Soo Song, Moon Hyang Park
Membranous lupus nephritis (MLN) and idiopathic membranous nephropathy (IMN) are kidney diseases with similar morphology, but distinct etiologies, both producing glomeruli with immune deposits. Immunoglobulins and complements, the main components of the deposits, can be detected by immunofluorescence (IF) microscopy. Previous researches characterized the immune deposits only individually, but not the interactions between them. To study these relationships we analyzed an IF profile of IgG subclasses and complements (IgG1, IgG2, IgG3, IgG4, C3, C1q, and C4) in 53 and 95 cases of biopsy-confirmed MLNs and IMNs, respectively, mainly using information theory and Bayesian networks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333647/automatic-choroidal-layer-segmentation-using-markov-random-field-and-level-set-method
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Chuang Wang, Yongmin Li, Ya Xing Wang
The choroid is an important vascular layer that supplies oxygen and nourishment to the retina. The changes in thickness of the choroid have been hypothesised to relate to a number of retinal diseases in the pathophysiology. In this work, an automatic method is proposed for segmenting the choroidal layer from macular images by using the level set framework. The 3D nonlinear anisotropic diffusion filter is used to remove all the OCT imaging artifacts including the speckle noise and to enhance the contrast. The distance regularisation and edge constraint terms are embedded into the level set method to avoid the irregular and small regions and keep information about the boundary between the choroid and sclera...
March 20, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333637/multi-scale-multi-feature-context-modeling-for-scene-recognition-in-the-semantic-manifold
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Xinhang Song, Shuqiang Jiang, Luis Herranz
Before the big data era, scene recognition was often approached with two-step inference using localized intermediate representations (objects, topics, etc). One of such approaches is the semantic manifold (SM), in which patches and images are modeled as points in a semantic probability simplex. Patch models are learned resorting to weak supervision via image labels, which leads to the problem of scene categories co-occurring in this semantic space. Fortunately, each category has its own cooccurrence patterns that are consistent across the images in that category...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333631/segmenting-multi-source-images-using-hidden-markov-fields-with-copula-based-multivariate-statistical-distributions
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Jerome Lapuyade-Lahorgue, Jing-Hao Xue, Su Ruan
Nowadays, multi-source image acquisition attracts an increasing interest in many fields such as multi-modal medical image segmentation. Such acquisition aims at considering complementary information to perform image segmentation since the same scene has been observed by various types of images. However, strong dependency often exists between multi-source images. This dependency should be taken into account when we try to extract joint information for precisely making a decision. In order to statistically model this dependency between multiple sources, we propose a novel multi-source fusion method based on the Gaussian copula...
March 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333490/harsh-parenting-child-behavior-problems-and-the-dynamic-coupling-of-parents-and-children-s-positive-behaviors
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Erika Lunkenheimer, Nilam Ram, Elizabeth A Skowron, Peifeng Yin
We examined self-reported maternal and paternal harsh parenting (HP) and its effect on the moment-to-moment dynamic coupling of maternal autonomy support and children's positive, autonomous behavior. This positive behavior coupling was measured via hidden Markov models as the likelihood of transitions into specific positive dyadic states in real time. We also examined whether positive behavior coupling, in turn, predicted later HP and child behavior problems. Children (N = 96; age = 3.5 years at Time 1) and mothers completed structured clean-up and puzzle tasks in the laboratory...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Family Psychology: JFP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333230/bayesian-analysis-of-evolutionary-divergence-with-genomic-data-under-diverse-demographic-models
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Yujin Chung, Jody Hey
We present a new Bayesian method for estimating demographic and phylogenetic history using population genomic data. Several key innovations are introduced that allow the study of diverse models within an Isolation with Migration framework. The new method implements a 2-step analysis, with an initial Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) phase that samples simple coalescent trees, followed by the calculation of the joint posterior density for the parameters of a demographic model. In step 1, the MCMC sampling phase, the method uses a reduced state space, consisting of coalescent trees without migration paths, and a simple importance sampling distribution without the demography of interest...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332417/cost-effectiveness-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-versus-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-as-first-line-treatment-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
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L A Clark, S Whitmire, S Patton, C Clark, C M Blanchette, R Howden
INTRODUCTION: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a rare kidney disorder impacting approximately 1:2500 individuals among the general US population. Hypertension is a significant predictor of ADPKD progression and risk factor for development of cardiovascular disease (CVD), the most common cause for mortality among ADPKD patients. Angiotensin-converting enzymes inhibitors (ACE-I) are widely used as first-line treatment in ADPKD for the management of hypertension. However, their cost-effectiveness relative to other hypertensive medications, such as angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) has never been assessed...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332090/disparities-in-the-clinical-evolution-of-anal-neoplasia-in-an-hiv-infected-cohort
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Edward R Cachay, Wollelaw Agmas, Wm Christopher Mathews
BACKGROUND: A recent meta-analysis suggested that anal intraepithelial neoplasia and invasive anal cancer are more prevalent among black men having sex with men (MSM). METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort of HIV-infected adult patients under care between 2001 and 2012. Disparities in clinical evolution of anal intraepithelial neoplasia to high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL) and invasive anal cancer were evaluated in a three-state Markov model adjusted for cytology misclassification...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331463/a-gibbs-sampler-for-learning-dags
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Robert J B Goudie, Sach Mukherjee
We propose a Gibbs sampler for structure learning in directed acyclic graph (DAG) models. The standard Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms used for learning DAGs are random-walk Metropolis-Hastings samplers. These samplers are guaranteed to converge asymptotically but often mix slowly when exploring the large graph spaces that arise in structure learning. In each step, the sampler we propose draws entire sets of parents for multiple nodes from the appropriate conditional distribution. This provides an efficient way to make large moves in graph space, permitting faster mixing whilst retaining asymptotic guarantees of convergence...
April 2016: Journal of Machine Learning Research: JMLR
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